Monday, August 31, 2009

Another One

I decided to make a shabby style stand from the same items I used to make the Halloween witch dessert stand.

I had some runs in my spray paint because I was impatient. I added too much paint, too soon. #1 rule in spray painting is several light coats. So as I was sanding the runs off, I decided I liked it and left it. I did add a coat of matte sealer.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

This - N- That

Son #1 gave me his treasured autographed Ryan Sandberg jersey and a shadow box at Fourth of July. He wanted me to mount it for him.

About two weeks ago, I asked him when he would be in town, so it would give me the incentive to get going on it. Well he and his fiancee are in town this weekend for a wedding, so I got busy on Friday night and framed it for him. (no sense rushing into these things!)

It turned out pretty good. Definitely not professional, but still good!

In Other Matters:
I have been working on the labels for my Halloween Jars, and unfortunately, I made them too large, so I need to redo them. I decided this after cutting them out and aging them -ugh!

I am eat up with chigger bites and all I can think of is scratching! Scratching! and more Scratching! Just like the chicken pox! Seriously, what is the purpose of chiggers? I don't even like their name!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Halloween Basket Part 5

The Witches (Witch's?) Kitchen Basket continues. Here is the dessert stand I made for her kitchen. Everybody loves dessert! Even a Witch!

A closer view because I am a bad photographer.

and an even closer view (the glass distorted the heads - they are not chubby!):

Made from one of those cheese boards with a glass dome lid that you see all the time in the thrift stores (unless of course you decide this is so cute and you need to make one for yourself!) and a wooden candlestick, glue and black spray paint. Sooo Easy!

Oh yeah and I forgot. You need to add the dessert! This Witch loves mini baby skeleton heads with black spiders! I want to add some spider webs, but the dog gone stores haven't put out the Halloween stuff yet!

Don't you just love it? I know I do!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Halloween Pennant

I have been doing other things than spray painting and working on the Halloween basket.

This has been on my list of things to do for a while, not necessarily for Halloween, just to try it out. I did a little bit here and there through the weekend and finally put it all together tonight.

A Halloween Pennant Banner for my dining room. I need to make another one for the other set of windows in there. The second one is almost finished. Hopefully I will be able to finish it tonight. (I just started watching Legally Blonde while typing this, so I don't know. I've never seen it.)

I tried to get a close up of the fabrics, so you can see how really cute it is! Taking pictures at night is hard. I just used fabric I had on hand, trying to reduce my stash. (Another 30 years and I may have one empty closet!)

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Halloween Basket Part 4

Yesterday I worked some more on the Halloween Basket. I did a lot more spray painting.

I also aged my Witch Cookbooks.

Brush the watered down paint on..............(take a picture for your blog)................wipe it off. Let it dry.

I also worked on my rat or tarantula cage. I don't know what it its going to be yet.

I aged it and sealed it. Then I took a thin plastic cutting mat, that I buy from the dollar store for my purse bottoms, cut it to size and hot glued Spanish moss to it. That way it won't create such mess on counters or tabletops.

It's looking good to me! I wish the stores would hurry up and put their Halloween stuff out. I really need a few things. Usually I am thinking, Wow they have that out too early. Now that I need something, it's way too long!

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Conversation with Hubby Today

Well I have been doing more spray painting this weekend for my Halloween basket.

This is a conversation that could have been overheard by the squirrels, birds, lizards and toads by our back porch.

Hubby: Why are spray painting on the walkway? (note: I did have my handy dandy plastic drop cloth down)

Me: Because I needed a level surface.

Hubby: What happens if you get that black spray paint on the walkway cement?

Me: I guess we'll be getting a divorce. You are much too smart to be married to someone who would get black spray paint on the cement walkway just to decorate for Halloween.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Halloween Basket Part 3

I thought I would show you a little bit of what I have done on my gross witch spice jars.

I spray painted the lids of salsa jars this weekend. (I need to thank my SIL & her husband who eat this all the time and have been saving their jars for me for years. Love the wide mouth jars!)
I found this rack at the thrift store - perfect for my jars!

The picture above is taken with the lights on. It looks really cool with the lights off. I attached to the back of the rack a small little led clip on light. I still need to paint that black.

Below on the top shelf I have bloodied severed fingers and ..................I need 3 (cheap) ideas for the other jars. I am racking my brain.

Below on the bottom shelf I have bloodied eyeballs, cat guts and ugly teeth. I need an idea for one more of the large jars.

I think I will make the water in the jar of the ugly teeth a little lighter. Hubby thinks I have too many cat guts in the jar. He is probably right now that I am looking at the pictures, but don't tell him I said that! He doesn't read my blog so I am safe.

I still have to wrap twine around the top of 5 jars and put on some labels. I don't want them too large. I want people to see what is in the jars!

Here is a picture of my spice rack with the lights off:

Looks Good to me, but I am a Halloween Nut! I still have more projects in the works.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Halloween Basket Part 2

I have been working on the Halloween basket, a little here and a little there. I did a lot of spray painting this weekend for it.

Here I am making cat's guts to go in a jar. So simple to make with a hot glue gun and a glass cutting board.

Look what I found at Michael's this week. I need something like this to go on my "Spice Jars" for my Halloween Witch Kitchen basket.

We all know how talented Martha Stewart is! I just knew she would have something I could use! I bought this with my 40% off coupon, so it was about $3.50.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Spray painting my weekend away

Yep that is what I did this weekend! Hopefully I will be able to show you something tomorrow.

Oh and that is Patrick checking things out! He seems to like it around here!

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Halloween Basket Part 1

Tonight I am working on creating some witch cookbooks! I hope they turn out good!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Bakery Next Door

My stepdaughters Rebecca and Elizabeth have started a new business. It's called The Bakery Next Door. They have been baking like crazy, and my waistline shows it! (They have to have taste testers!)

They have started a blog to showcase the things they are doing and to promote their new business.

Check it out, but have a napkin handy to catch the drool ........... seriously, you will be drooling over all of the things they have been baking. But that is just the pictures, wait til you taste them! Delicious!

They are located in Greenbrier, Tennessee if you need any baked goods. I highly recommend them, as one of the official taste testers! I know!
Go see what they have been up to! The Bakery Next Door

Rebecca asked if I would make them some aprons to wear while they are doing all that baking. She brought me this pattern:

She wants picture D. She brought me this cute fabric:

So far I have only cut out the pattern. Hopefully tonight I will begin to sew.

A Big Thank you to Brenda from Jalaru for teaching me how to do the hyperlinks!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This, That and ..............

I received a package in the mail from my Mom last week. Look what I got:

New Crocs to replace the ones I destroyed! Thanks Mom!

She is the one that bought me my other pair. She was wearing a pair at the Family reunion two years ago. I told her how funny looking they were (better than the fat slide on crocs, but still...). She told me they were the most comfortable shoes, blah, blah, blah.......on and on she went with how fantastic they were. I refused to believe it.

She sent a pair home for me when Jessie came home from a visit. I put them on and hardly took them off for a year!
In other news:

I took some time off to do some de-junking around here. There is still so much to do, but I feel a little better that I can now walk in, my walk-in-closet.

I am donating a Halloween basket to Jessie's school's 8th grade fundraiser. I decided to do a "w
itches kitchen vignette". I located some spooky things from my stash of after Halloween sales. Anyone who knows me knows I love Halloween!

I found this marked down for $3.00 at Target while shopping for one of our Granddaughter's birthday.

I have my daughter Amber creating some spice labels for the Witches Kitchen. Can't wait to see what she has come up with. I have so many empty jars and bottles, I can fill with gross things. Now I have to get out the black paint and start my craftiness.

The auction is in September, so I need to get busy!
Not a lot of money, but a lot of time will be spent on this basket. I will be sure to show you the final project.